Great Free Resource: English Listening Lesson Library Online!
If you teach an ESL class, you might hear learners tell you that they struggle to understand people that they interact with out in the community. English language learners benefit from listening to fluent English speakers who have different accents, speaking speeds, and speaking styles. They need to be able to understand everyone, not just their teacher!
The website ELLLO (http://www.elllo.org/index.htm) contains over 2,500 free English video and audio tracks of native and fluent speakers of English speaking about a variety of topics including current events and grammar. Each audio track has an accompanying transcript, and can be used for self-study or for listening activities in the classroom. You can assign learners listening tracks for homework based on topics or grammar that they are learning in class, or encourage them to listen in their spare time to build up their listening skills.
You can also find games, worksheets, and lesson plans to use in your teaching. New tracks and materials are added each week, so make this website a regular part of your lesson planning routine!
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